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CNN
Oct 3, 2012 2:00pm EDT
, check out this quote, quote, even to me, who is a political animal, mr. romney is a mystery man. is he the best most honest governor massachusetts has ever had but a distinct liberal or is he now a conservative? what does he stand for? that was written by well known economist and author ben stein who has a brand-new book called "how to really ruin your financial life and portfolio." ben stein, welcome. welcome back. >> always a pleasure. >> so in defining who he is, what he would do when elected, is that challenge number one for mitt romney tonight? >> i think it is. i think, well, two challenges, one, explain to people that three and a half to four years is long enough for president obama's policies to work. they haven't worked. so something is wrong. and mr. obama doesn't have a clue about how to fix it or change it. two, mr. romney has to put forward a program which says in detail what i'll do. look, when reagan was running in '80 and again in '84, he had an extremely detailed, specific set of plans, programs,principles. we're not seeing that from mr. romney. a few generalities, but
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 1:00am EDT
because the night the tape aired, mr. romney rushed to a microphone to defend his 47% remarks. he kept defending them and hounded supporters for days after that. >> it's not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. i'm speaking off the cuff in response to a question, and i'm sure i could state it more clearly in a more effective way. >> the point of all this is the size of government is too big, and if we don't do something about it, we're going to lose vet idea of america. >> those who are dependent on government and those who think government's job is to redistribute, i'm not going to get them. >> there are makers and takers. there are producers and there are p ar ra srasites. >> clearly what we have here is a government and society that's become dependent. >> he said, quote, i think the basic point is correct. it's what this election is about. for mr. romney, that was then. now on that, a number of issues, he seems to be trying to downplay what he once described as his severely conservative record and recast himself as more centrist on some issues. the shift began a moment after th
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 8:00pm EDT
weird, mainly because the night the tape aired, mr. romney rushed to a microphone to defend, defend his 47% remarks and he kept defending them, he and his supporters, for days after that. >> well, you know, it's not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. i'm speaking off the cuff in response to a question and i'm sure i could state it more clearly and in a more effective way. >> the point of all of this is that the size of government is too big, and if we don't do something about it, we're going to really lose the very idea of america. >> those that are dependent upon government and those that think government's job is to redistribute, i'm not going to get them. >> there are makers and takers. there are producers and there are parasites. >> clearly what we do have, very clearly, is a government and a society here in this country that is becoming dependent. >> senator ron johnson was even blunter about defending the 47% remarks, saying quote, i think the basic point is correct, it's what this election is about. for mr. romney, that was then. now on that and a number of issues, he
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 7:00pm EDT
grows better than we've seen in the past four years. and what mr. romney is trying to say is, look, we have all these people out of work. we have all these people with jobs whose incomes are not growing. let's lower rates, broaden the base, be respectful of the middle class and the deficit by but have a better tax policy in place. it's good positions for him. the president can't even get the first step right. instead of lowering rates and broadening the base, he is insisting on raising taxes. that's a bit of a tough sell right now. it was the same president who, in 2010, said we can't afford to raise taxes on anyone. the economy is too weak. we're growing faster then than we are now. >> how big an issue could it be for democrats if mitt romney successfully makes the case? >> you know, this is how i see it. imagine you're going into -- you want to buy a car, right? >> yeah. >> you go to the car dealership and the dealer says i've got this great car for you. it goes zero to 60 in two seconds and it's climate control, turbo charged and guess what, it's electric and it flies and it's only
CNN
Sep 28, 2012 12:00am EDT
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CNN
Sep 28, 2012 3:00am EDT
sure mr. romney and mr. obama would love to have advice from you after the break on how they're going to win. [ male announcer ] now you can swipe... scroll... tap... pinch... and zoom... in your car. introducing the all-new cadillac xts with cue. ♪ don't worry. we haven't forgotten, you still like things to push. [ engine revs ] the all-new cadillac xts has arrived, and it's bringing the future forward. >>> with me now one of the great campaigners in recent history, former prime minister tony blair. you won three elections, never got beaten. mitt romney and barack obama watching, come on, what's the secret? how we going to win this election? i know you don't want to particularly take sides over this because you don't see it as your place to do that, but in terms of where this race currently is, is it too close to call? do you think it could still go either way? >> well, you never know until the election actually happens. at the moment i would say obviously president obama seems very, very strong but i mean, he will be -- the thing that's different, actually, is when you are t
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 9:30am EDT
or the one to come. >> peter. you get to close it out >> i think mr. romney really does have a plan. i think he looks a lot like reagan and much less like bush than mr. obama claims. his program for trade and energy development, i think he was spot on in the debates in that regard, and that could create somewhere between 5 million to 10 million jobs pretty easily, and so i think that if we got the romney plan on energy and trade and got the obama plan on social insurance, americans would be very, very happy. unfortunately, they are only going to get one of these guys, and so they are only going to get half a loaf. >> nice to see you all. have a great weekend, everybody. >> thanks. >> up next, a career reboot. >> i was happy that i received the offer, happy i got to interview and happy i waited and took out all the risk. >> that's right. the going back to school gamble and how it's paying off for some job seekers. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] you've been years in the making. and there are many years ahead. join the millions of members who've chon an aarp medicare supplement insurance p
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 5:00am EDT
orange jacket there from mr. romney? >> i think they are trying to sort of like -- sort of like the normal guys next door. >> what about the first ladies? very different styles. quite fashionable to me. >> michelle is definitely fashionable. as a matter of fact, i would like her to wear my clothes. and i think mrs. romney looks very conservative, and i think maybe they want to portray her as being very conservative. >> and, finally, you have a cause very dear to your heart. about autism. a powerful clip. >> in a small town of elmira, new york, a boy was born into an all-american family. the odds of him achieving his dream in the fashion industry? 1 in 23 million. the odds of having a child diagnosed with autism? 1 in 88. i am tommy hilfiger, and my family is affected by autism. learn more at autismspeaks.org/signs. >> why is this such a cause for you? >> my family has been affected by autism. i learned 1 in 88 children are being diagnosed and there is no cure. there is no real government funding. there is no reason for the cause of it. and we are -- my wife, dee, are part of the aut
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 5:00am EDT
york times." it says, "mr. romney's team has concluded that debates are about creating moments and has equipped him with a series of zingers he has memorizened and has been tracksing on aides since august." now, they're right debates are about moments but ain an amusin image. mitt romney sitting in a room peppering them with zingers. i would like to be on the wall hearing that. >> not about zingers, serious substantive policy. and in "the washington post" showing a virtual dead heat with the president and mitt romney. obama with a slight edge. 49-47%. but also in this survey, it delves down into the expectations game for this debate. what can you tell me about those numbers, peter? >> reporter: despite what chris christie said, and that is sort of another mixed message coming out of the romney campaign, romney is winning the expectations game if you look at the polls. more likely to win the debate, president obama 55%. mitt romney just 31% of likely voters expect him to win the debate. that's a good place to be for him going in there, but like you said, there's a lot of stuff in th
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 10:00pm EDT
rating meantime remains above the crucial 50% mark at 52%. mr. romney is close but still in negative territory at 49%. he enjoys an edge on handling the deficit and joblessness, but trails on virtually every other big issue, including medicare, taxes and foreign policy. keeping them honest, when it comes to some of those issues, both candidates have come up short either on specifics or credibility. issues like cutting taxes without ballooning the deficit or burdening the middle class. the romney campaign has been asked again and again for specifics. here's runningmate paul ryan just yesterday on fox news. >> there's been a traditional democrat and republican consensus lowering tax rates by broadening the tax base works. and you can -- >> i have to -- you haven't given me the math. >> well, i don't have -- it would take me too long to go through all of the math. >> chris wallace kept trying but came away empty-handed. he's not the only one. take a look. >> which of the deductions are you going to be willing to eliminate? which of the tax credits are you going to -- when are you going
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 6:00pm EDT
a yes with an asterisk. mr. romney moves from a yes to a no. here is why. in 2004 governor romney signed a permanent assault weapons band in massachusetts. now candidate romney says he opposes any new laws. after aurora, mr. obama stressed the need for a ban on assault weapons. >> a lot of gun owners would believe that ak-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not criminals. >> reporter: the reason obama's yes has an asterisk is because in four years no new gun control laws have been enacted. under obama's watch, concealed weapons are now allowed on amtrak trains and on national parks. >> he's continued to pay lip service to those things, but he hasn't shown real leadership in pursuing those changes. >> yes, background checks have gotten more thorough for people under obama for people illegally buying guns in gunshots. the big problem remains to be gun shows and the internet, specifically unlicensed dealers selling firearms to buyers with no background check needed. president obama has supported closing the gun show loophole in the past. the white house says his focus now is on exis
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 7:00am EDT
don't know what mr. romney is about. on one hand he talked for the last 18 is months about a $5 trillion tax cut and the next thing you know, abracadabra, it is gone. etch a sketch moment. i think this president laid out what he wants to do with regard to helping this country, the middle class, do better. making sure we have jobs, making sure we have -- repair our infrastructure and preparing our young people for this global society. so -- you know -- >> but you -- but you started, sir did a. >> let me say this. >> let me stop you, if i may. you started by saying the limited polling shows that it didn't have much of an impact. i don't know what limited polling you are talking about. because one, i don't think enough time has passed for the real polls to take mace. the polling that was done immediately, cnn's polling, done immediately after the debate by people that watched the debate it was devastating. numbers flipped. a very wide, you know, multiple point margin for governor romney. so i think that you are mistaken on that front. >> well, based upon what i understand, it has b
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 9:00am EDT
mr. romney is saying he won't do. he's saying he has all these specifics in terms of cutting deductions, finding ways of closing loopholes so that people would pay more and there wouldn't be this giant tax cut but he wouldn't say what that would be. this lack of detail sincere really a huge problem. that makes romney's claim incomplete. the president's claim false. you just can't assume the worst. the real problem, fundamentally, we just don't have the details of how this would work. we don't really know how to measure the statements of either man other than the way we have at this point. >> don't you wish someone would have pressed mitt romney on that issue last night? >> honestly, people have been pressing him on t the president tried to him press him on it last night. the romney people have consistently -- they've given a little bit more information on what they're going to talk about. for example, people are worried about the mortgage interest deduction on their taxes, whether or not that's one of the loopholes that romney would close. some economists have said you have t
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 5:00pm EDT
probably not whether the government will keep growing under mr. obama or mr. romney, but rather how fast. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >>> child sex trafficking, those three words pretty disturbing. even more disturbing, how some websites make ordering a girl for sex just as simple as ordering a pizza. coming up at 7:
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 9:00am EDT
. now mr. romney is denouncing those remarks. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer questions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. and in this case i said something that is just completely wrong. and i absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that i care about 100%. and that's been demonstrated throughout my life. and this whole campaign is about the 100%. when i become president, it will be about helping the 100%. >> cnn political editor paul steinhauser is here. we also have seen romney embrace the same massachusetts health care reforms he's previously shunned and he's doing that before some conservative audiences. is he simply just trying to move to the middle with just 32 days before the election? >> yeah, and maybe people are saying the same thing about the debate performance from mitt romney the other night in denver, that his position seemed to be shifting a little bit. on this, on the specific comment you just played on the 47% controversy, i think what you heard last night in
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 7:00am EDT
why the american people are not accepting mr. romney and his leadership. listen, he has been around for months. he says, you know, i've got some opportunities to tell the people what my vision is. what's he been telling the people over last eight or nine or ten months? the american people have heard his story. they have listened to paul ryan and they have rejected their approach. they are embracing this president's agenda because he's got us headed in the right direction. things are improving in america and we ought not to just turn around and go back to the same failed policies that brought on this recession in the first place. >> governor strickland it's always a pleasure to speak with you. >> thank you. >> did you ever see the princess bride? last question. we'll never find out the answer to that question, maybe most important. >> go home and watch the princess bride. >> don't do it. >> what do you make of what governor strickland said there? >> the president's cold and confident nature, for some, comes off as overconfident, can come off as condescending. you played that clip wit
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
-- >> and mr. obama will be on the road through wednesday's first presidential debate. mitt romney heads to colorado tomorrow, where he'll hold a rally, and continue his preparations for wednesday's showdown in denver. he went to church this morning outside boston, but held no public events over the weekend. >>> in iraq, at least 30 people were killed today in a wave of bombings. some explosions hit in or near baghdad. it is the deadliest day in iraq in nearly a month. shiite muslim communities appear to be the main targets of the attacks. >>> a christian pakistani girl accused of desecrating the koran is set to be cleared of all charges. tomorrow a juvenile court in pakistan is expected to uphold a police investigation that found the 14-year-old was not only innocent, she was framed by a muslim cleric in her hometown. the cleric now faces blasphemy charges of his own for tearing pages out of a koran to use as evidence against the child. >>> and this is the center of a desperate search for two little children in middle tennessee. a family home that burned down last weekend, everyone beli
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 2:00am EDT
be, hmm. it should be i'm sorry, mr. romney or president obama, that's not true because with so many people watching, people want to know i'm hearing the truth. it shouldn't be let me wait two hours later to get the truth. call them out on the lies whoever says it, on the spot. >> sometimes, that takes a tough level of preparation. although you should be able to -- >> that's why you have a team to decide and that's their job. >> we live in a world -- >> it's not just about preparation. >> lies are subjective. i can't believe i'm saying that -- >> president obama -- promised he would not raise middle class taxes. in his affordable care act, there are a number of tax increases that will impact households making less than $250,000 per year. you can parse that and say, it's note a tax increase the way i talked, that's something else. the thing is, one thing or another, is it a tax increase or not? it certainly is through the tax system. it is impacting some middle class households. did you lie? he's going to say, no, i did not lie. >> and that's fine, if you say something, you call him o
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 4:00pm EDT
working hard for his eelection should just quit. i don't believe he's in it to be fair. mr. romney did well, granted the media set the bar for him so low that if he didn't fall through a hole in the stage, he met expectations. perhaps the bar for the president was set too high or perhaps the man that some thought they knew back in 2008 never really existed. back then words like messiah and the new jfk were put on him, they weren't used by him. last night we saw mr. obama for what he really is, human. to think he's anything above that is unfair to the man. lisa in connecticut says i'm hoping that there is a plan to lull him and then crush him the next time with real facts, figures and no stumering or stammering. mitt romney still running on trust me. his positions keep changing. i'm not sure he gets credit for the message but the delivery was good. obama didn't have his teleprompter and looked confused and lost without it. obama has a poor record the last four years and romney had a chance to attack it without the liberal press protecting obama. pete in georgia says, don't you know? i'm
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 4:00pm EDT
he is now. if mr. romney wants to improve his popularity, he should concede right now. the 47% he doesn't worry about would appreciate that. bob in new york says, it means he won't be able to include president of the united states on his resume and bob in ohio writes all it means is we have forgotten how incompetent w was. we're just proving that the attention span of the average american can be measured in days. to read more, go to the blog cnn.com/caffertyfile or through the post on the facebook's page. wolf? >> jack, thank you. >>> arnold schwarzenegger certainly lived his life in the public spotlight. what he did in the shadows, though, shamed the former governor of california to no end. now he's confessing the sins and explaining them as best as he can. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios ...but you still have to go to the gym. romney: "it's time to stand up to the cheaters" vo: tough on china? not mitt romney. when a flood of chinese tires
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 7:00pm EDT
dip in and listen to mr. romney during this hour but you can watch the entire event by logging on to cnn.com. >>> a legal system nightmare. thousands of cases may have been jeopardized by a lab worker who allegedly tampered with evidence. that story is next. the wheels of progress. seems they haven't been moving much lately. but things are starting to turn around because of business people like you. and regions is here to help. with the experience and service to keep things rolling. from business loans to cash management, we want to be your partner moving forward. so switch to regions. and let's get going. together. his morning starts with arthritis pain. and two pills. afternoon's overhaul starts with more pain. more pills. triple checking hydraulics. the evening brings more pain. so, back to more pills. almost done, when... hang on. stan's doctor recommended aleve. it can keep pain away all day with fewer pills than tylenol. this is rudy. who switched to aleve. and two pills for a day free of pain. ♪ [ female announcer ] and try aleve for relief from tough headaches. >>> a scanda
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
reduce the deficit there has to be revenue in addition to cuts. >> mr. romney has rule out revenue. >> look, the revenue i get is more people working, getting higher pay, paying more taxes. that's how we get growth and balance the budget. the idea of taxing people more, putting more people out of work, you will never get there, you never balance the budget by raising taxes. spain spends 42% of their total economy on government. we're now spending 42% on our economy to government. i don't want to go down the path of spain. i want to put more americans to work. >> mr. president, in order to get the job done, it is going to be balanced? >> if we're serious, we have to take a balanced, responsible approach. by the way, this is not just when it comes to individual taxes, let's talk about corporate taxes. now, i have identified areas where we can right away make a change that i believe would actually help the economy. the oil industry gets 4 billion a year in corporate welfare. basically, deductions that those small businesses that governor romney refers to, they don't get. now, does any
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 1:00am EDT
25%, they thought mr. romney won the debate. when asked who was more likeable, debate watchers gave the two candidates essentially equal marks. that's one piece of spin that doesn't quite pass the sniff test. decide for yourself if this one does from the campaign's ben lebold who suggested mitt romney last night was acting. >> it was performance art. he locked himself into some bad positions that he took during the republican primary, tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, refusing to ask the wealthiest for a dime to reduce the deficit and those give us big openings to talk about on the campaign trail in key states in the weeks ahead. >> vice president biden, meantime, said his boss did a good job during a bright line between his policies and mitt romney's. >> i think the president did a wonderful job in making it clear just how stark that choice is. >> keeping them honest, that is precisely where the pundits, even those who support president obama, say he dropped the ball and when we asked our viewers whether mr. obama did better or worse than expected, 61%, nearly two i
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 7:00pm EDT
romney campaign, supporters, chief among them, mrs. romney, on the other side, obama supporters and campaign, chief among them first lady michelle obama. there are a lot of other folks watching everything these men do. not just this evening when they begin to talk. but what they've been doing leading into this. i want to bring in chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. you wonder in those final moments before they take the stage, what are they doing? what do you know about the president's activities? >> candy, the president is right now headed over to this debate site, and i can tell you he had an easier day of debate prep than he has the last few days. he began with an exercise waking up and doing some exercise and then having some lighter prep with his advisers before he got on a plane, flew here to walk through the debate hall. went to his hotel, did some prep in his hotel room, and then he took some down time and finally saw the first lady. it is their 20th wedding anniversary tonight. they met up with brief time together and then they relaxed, had down time a little bit
CNN
Sep 28, 2012 12:00pm EDT
relationship and don't forget that mr. romney also went to israel over the summer and visited. israel is very important for him obviously politically. >> it could help him to pick up jewish votes spshgs that could be important in places like florida. he also could pick up some christian -- conservative christians who support israel, and then also, it gives him a chance to slam mr. obama on iran and try to make the case that obama is weak on iran, so it is useful for him on a number of levels. >> all right. jill, wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall or listening in on either one of those phone conversations today. if you get a heads up or read-out, please let us know. thanks, jill. >> nearly 100 people were killed in syria today. we're talking about today during attacks between the government troops and rebel fighters. >> most of those people died here fighting in the city of aleppo. you see those images there. it is the same day that secretary of state hillary clinton is there. they're dedicate to ending the syrian civil war and helping the people whose lives have been ruined. earlier th
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 7:00am EDT
mr. romney. listen. >> he's going to come in wednesday night, lay out his vision for america, he's going to contrast what his view is with what the president's record is, the president's view for the future and this whole race is going to be turned upside down come thursday morning. >> upside down is what he says. in just a few minutes we're going to be talking about wednesday night's debate and the president's preparations with brad woodhouse, communications director for the democratic national committee. first some of the other stories making news in d.c. getting ready for wednesday's debate coverage is john berman. hey, john, good morning. >> we're doing debate prep just like the candidates here in washington. start overseas, soledad. the taliban taking responsibility for an attack in eastern afghanistan that killed at least 14 people. civilians, police, and three nato soldiers. officials say the suicide bomber targeted a joint patrol using a motorcycle packed with explosives. this attack comes a day after a firefight left two americans dead, including the 2,000th u.s. military
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 3:00am EDT
again type zinger and frankly, the idea of mitt romney, mr. phony, delivering some kind of canned zinger, that's exactly the wrong strategy and i suspect this is just misdirection by the romney campaign. >> i love that ross just called mitt romney mr. phony. i'm done. thank you, ross. >> he just zinged you. very interesting. i will leave you to squabble over the "new york times" newsroom floor. thank you very much indeed. >>> tomorrow night, i sit down with arnold schwarzenegger. you watched the "60 minutes" interview but are left with unanswered questions. so was i so i asked them. arnold schwarzenegger tells all. a pretty moving interview. >>> coming up, a woman who says there are misconceptions about mormons. i will talk to one of the most famous mormons in the world, marie osmond. one is for a clean, wedomestic energy future that puts us in control. our abundant natural gas is already saving us money, producing cleaner electricity, putting us to work here in america and supporting wind and solar. though all energy development comes with some risk, we're committed to safely and
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 10:00am EDT
sustained look at the good and competent mr. romney. how much do you think does the public support of leading conservatives like the two of them help romney, not just with republicans but with undecided voters? >> i think it helped some, but the person who helped governor romney most was governor romney. on wednesday night, he was before almost 70 million people, a lot of them undecided voters trying to make up their mind. he made a very clear case that, you know, he is someone who can connect. i thought the thing that was most shocking to me was the fact that the governor -- you know, the president has said to be better liked, more likable, better able to connect with voters, and it seemed to me as though the governor did a better job at doing those things on wednesday night than the president. so i think he helped himself tremendously. >> i want you to take a look at this poll with me. this is a quinnipiac poll. there it is. there you go. likely voters, who cares about the needs and problems of the people like you was the question. obama 60%. romney 46%. what do you make of those nu
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 8:00am EDT
unemployment rate being over 8%. now it is under 8%. now it's time for mr. romney to have to pivot from his favorite line. take a listen to both candidates on the campaign trail yesterday reacting to the jobs numbers. >> today's news should give us some encouragement. it shouldn't be an excuse for the other side to try to talk down the economy just to try to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country's come too far to turn back now. >> so it looks like unemployment is getting better, but the truth is if the same share of people were participating in the work force today as on the day the president got elected, our unemployment rate would be around 11%. that's the real reality of what's happening out there. >> you hear mitt romney pivoting talking about the real unemployment rate at 11%, so i -- i guess that's his pivot coming off the unemployment rate yesterday. randi, why does all this matter? as you mentioned off the top, the economy by far the number one issue with americans. take a look at this, from our cnn/orc international poll. we did it about a week ago before
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 7:00am EDT
expert, brett o'donnell of o'donnell and associates, he advised mr. romney earlier this year, coached him in what was considered to be his most successful debate in the premarry in the state of florida. >> wouldn't it be nice if people didn't make accusations somewhere else they weren't willing to defend here? >> nice to see you again. not to have you next to us in the studio but great to see you. >> good to see you. >> let's walk through what we can expect tonight. i know you're not coaching either candidate. what would your advice be? mitt romney must do what and not do what? president obama must do what and not do what? >> sure. governor romney has to make the debate about the president's economic policies and he has to connect those to the economic conditions we're in now. right now, people believe the economy is bad, but they're not blaming the president for it. tonight governor romney, standing face-to-face with president obama, has to connect those two things. he can't get defensive. the president, on the other hand, has to deflect from that. he has to make the debate about the
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00pm EDT
bipartisan historic reforms. but now is the moment. now is the opportunity for mr. fix-it, mr. romney who's actually can bring bipartisan reform to washington, he's actually been able to pass historic bipartisan reforms president obama hasn't done in a bipartisan way. >> unfortunately, what would come up from that is, well, you might have been able to do some of those things, but you couldn't even run for re-election because your approval ratings were in the low 40s. so there's the problem. >> i want to disagree with the governor at my own peril, which is to say that i believe romney has to provide some meat on the bones here because the argument against him is that, okay, you've got this great budget planned, but how are you going to reform the tax code? >> if you look at what they did in the convention, the theory of the convention was the governor's theory. prove that mitt romney isn't a robot, that he is a human being, that he loves his wife, he loves his kids and so on. they were pretty successful at that. but beyond that then you have to say here's why he's not going to end medicare a
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Oct 4, 2012 9:00pm EDT
is a pretty specific fact. >> what about this fact. what about this fact, mr. speaker. romney claimed that president obama's cutting $716 billion from medicare that will affect current people in the program. was that a fact? >> that certainly is what the congressional budget office says. the numbers for that have been pretty well vetted over and over again. >> our own cnn fact checker says it's false. president obama's affordable care act allows for a reduction in the rate of growth over time in which money is coming from insurers and providers but not from beneficiaries. so in other words, it's not a fact, is it? >> wait a second. what he said is your guy didn't say it wasn't a fact, $716 billion were coming out of medicare. he just said they're targeted to one set of people on medicare but he didn't say they weren't coming out. so the question i have to ask you is simple. if you take $716 billion out of the program, how many hospitals are not going to take any more medicare patients? how many doctors aren't going to take any more medicare patients? this is a fundamental disa
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Oct 2, 2012 12:00am EDT
a sort of there you go again type zinger and frankly, the idea of mitt romney, mr. phony, delivering some kind of canned zinger, that's exactly the wrong strategy and i suspect this is just misdirection by the romney campaign. >> i love that ross just called mitt romney mr. phony. i'm done. thank you, ross. >> he just zinged you. very interesting. i will leave you to squabble over the "new york times" newsroom floor. thank you very much indeed. >>> tomorrow night, i sit down with arnold schwarzenegger. you watched the "60 minutes" interview but are left with unanswered questions. so was i so i asked them. arnold schwarzenegger tells all. a pretty moving interview. >>> coming up, a woman who says there are misconceptions about mormons. i will talk to one of the most famous mormons in the world, marie osmond. >>> marie osmond is part of one of the most famous mormon families in america after the romney family, of course. what would it mean to her to see a mormon in the white house? she joins me now. it's a great question. here's "time" magazine. >> i have not seen that. >> the mormon i
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Sep 29, 2012 8:00am EDT
but with an asterisk. mr. romney moves from a yes to a no. here's why. in 2004, governor romney signed a permanent assault weapons ban in massachusetts and now candidate romney says he any new laws. >> we need a president to enforce current laws that create new ones that only serve to baffle lawful gun owners. >> reporter: so that's a yes. >> a lot of gun owners believe ak-47s belong in the hands of soldier, not the hands of criminals. >> reporter: the reason obama's yes has an asterisk, that in four years, no new gun control laws have been enacted. under obama's watch concealed weapons are now allowed on am track trains and in national parks. >> he's continued to pay lip service to those things but he hasn't shown real leadership pursuing those changes. >> reporter: yes, background checks have gotten more there or rogue under obama for people legally buying guns in gun shops. the big problem remains gun shows and the internet, specifically unlicensed dealers selling firearms to buyers with no background check needed. president obama has supported closing the gun show loophole i
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Oct 3, 2012 9:00am EDT
you think you can stop the gridlock in congress. mr. romney, please elaborate when you speak of the 47%. who exactly are you talking about? inquiring minds want to know. this from steve, mr. president, you said you would have the deficit and have a plan to pay down our debt within your first term and you haven't done so. so why should we trust you to keep your promise in your second term. from joe, to both, when will either of you stop worrying about your parties and start worrying more about our nation? facebook.com/carolcnn. keep the conversation going. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing the all-new completely re-imagined 2013 chevrolet malibu. sleek new styling... sophisticated dual cockpit design, and sport sculpted seats. available chevrolet mylink infotainment system. the all-new 2013 chevrolet malibu. ♪ refined comfort to get you in a malibu state of mind no matter what state you live in. ♪ >>> today is the last day of baseball's regular season. we know all the playoff teams, but not all the division winners. the oakland a's and texas rangers play today to decide the a.l. we
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Oct 5, 2012 2:00pm EDT
mr. romney wants another $5 trillion in tax cuts that he can't pay for. we're not going to let that happen. we are not going to fall backward, not with so much at stake, not now. it didn't work then. it won't work now. and that's why i'm running for a second term as president of the united states. i will tell you, i'll tell you what we need to move forward. we got to invest in small business. we got to invest in manufacturers creating jobs here in ohio, here in the united states of america. we have got to recruit 100,000 new math and science teachers to train to make sure our young people have -- to make sure our young people have the skills that they need. we got to train 2 million workers at community colleges to bring down college tuition cost s. we got to cut our oil imports in half and create thousands of new jobs and energy. we got to use the savings from ending the war in iraq and afghanistan, to pay down our deficit. put some people to work, doing some nation building right here at home. that's the agenda we need. that's how you strengthen the middle class. that's how you ke
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Sep 28, 2012 7:00am EDT
. peggy noonan, "wall street journal" op-ed, people think mr. romney's rich doesn't understand regular people's lives. they're not sure he can turn things around. he has to prove he's a pair of safe hands. so, without going into the, the talking points, why is he -- is that going to be a challenge for mitt romney to prove he's a pair of safe hands? how does he do that? >> well, mitt romney, i think, by talking about his job as a family and where paul ryan is, caring about america and also with his family, are important connections between them and the american people. i think with regard to connecting with creating jobs for families, and looking at those things, that that's where it really comes down to, look rat mothers and fathers and grandparents in the eye and say there is a future here for you. that will be a comparison between the policies of president obama and governor romney on this. >> i think you're right on that strategy. representative tim murphy, republican from the state of pennsylvania. it's nice to see you, sir. thank you for talking with us this morning. >> great to s
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Oct 6, 2012 2:00pm EDT
next face-off with president barack obama. mr. romney held a rally in virginia yesterday and today in florida, preparing for the next debate hosted by our own candy crowley. romney will also hold a rally in maryland tonight. >>> now to the new employment report. the labor department saying 114,000 jobs were created in september. and the unemployment rate fell, coming in at 7.8%. that's a drop of .3% from august. health care gave us the biggest boost in new jobs. transportation had a good month as well, with a 17,000 job gain. >> with only a month away now to the election, the big drop in unemployment has critics suggesting that the numbers may have been manipulated. we look at how the numbers are put together to find out if that's even possible. >> there are a couple things at play here. first, it's from 8.1% to 7.8%. i say forget it, erase it from your head. it doesn't matter. the thing you have to concentrate on is the number of jobs created. 114,000 is right around where we thought it would be. it's not inspiring, it doesn't say that things are bad. it doesn't say that things ar
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Sep 30, 2012 1:00am EDT
ready. senator john kerry will play the role of mitt romney when mr. obama holds his practice sessionings. and ohio senator rob portman is portraying the president during mitt romney's debate preps. >>> the pope's butler went on trial today. he is accused of stealing secret papers from pope benedict xvi and leaking them to an italian journalist. the butler faces a sentence of up to eight years if convicted. >>> a rival band honored florida a&m's suspended band today. halftime of this game is traditionally featuring a battle of the bands. familiaru's band is suspended after last year's hazing death of a drum major. by the way, southern won the game 21-14. >>> 24 hours without your cell phone. could you do it? >> right now, i'm in my own world. i'm disconnected. >> comedian dean obeidallah gave it a shot. >> you're out and about, not in front of a television. you can stay connected to cnn. pull it up on your cell phone or watch it from your computer even at work. just go to cnn.com/tv. [ male announcer ] the perfect photo... [ man ] nice! [ male announcer ] isn't always the one
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Sep 28, 2012 4:00pm EDT
the president to help gop nominee mitt romney, mr. netanyahu has said his actions are not tied to the u.s. political calendar. the white house downplays any friction between the two leaders and brushes aside criticism that there was no face-to-face meeting. >> the president has met with and spent time on the phone with prime minister netanyahu more than with any leader since he took office. and that is reflective of the importance of and the closeness of the relationship between the united states and israel. >> reporter: the white house would not say if the two leaders talked about the so-called red line, which of course is a key issue. and no specifics on how they will stop iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. but they did agree to "continue their regular consultations on this issue." wolf. >> dan lothian reporting from the white house. thank you. mitt romney also spoke by phone today with the prime minister. the call came while romney was at the philadelphia airport after making several campaign stops in pennsylvania. that's a state most political experts don't think he'll win.
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